A special report on Egypt: The long wait | The Economist: "Schools and hospitals are indeed free to enter, but they are grim, bare, crowded places where getting learning or treatment requires cash that many still do not have. The lower middle class of army officers and bureaucrats who rose in the revolution have joined the gentry they were supposed to have ousted, adopted their haughty ways and now share Egypt’s spoils with them. The poor still queue for government-subsidised bread and must scrimp and save to buy a pair of shoes.
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A fascinating report on Egypt, the particular quote I have chosen explains why baksheesh is still so vital for the many Egyptians just to keep them in necessitys.